Updating my education!

Sometimes we need to jump-start our education.  I just received these two manuals in the mail.  WOW!  John Mosby is off the chain great.  It is going to take me sometime to get through all the good information in these manuals.

You would be well advised to check out John’s blog.  https://readfomag.com/category/blogs/mountain-guerrilla/.

He does not sugar coat things, so if you are sensitive, stay away.  The information contained in these manuals will most certainly safe your life.

All the best and keep learning.

John Mosby

Developing a Martial Way!

I am a fan of many martial art systems. My current focus is however, Krav Maga. More specifically,  the IKMA Krav Maga that is being taught by advanced black belt and IKMA U.S. Chief Instructor David Kahn.  A great Podcast about David Kahn can be found at http://www.artofmanliness.com/2017/02/10/podcast-277-krav-maga-self-defense-system-israeli-special-forces/

My goal is to start developing a Martial Way.  A great book, “Living the Martial Way: A Manual for the Way a Modern Warrior Should Think by Forrest E. Morgan, is a great resource for developing your way.  

There are many definitions of the Martial Way, but I like this one, “a Martial Way is living a lifestyle that prepares you for war or conflict everyday of your life”.  WOW!  I have a lot of work to do.

The question is, how do I incorporate Krav Maga into all aspects of my daily life and not just on Tuesday and Thursday nights.    I am not sure I have all the answers yet, but let the journey begin. My new motto is “Train Today for Tomorrow’s Battles”.  

So have you considered developing a Martial Way? If so, I would love to hear about it.

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Path to Combat Hard!

All journeys start with a step.  Your first step on the Combat Hard path should be to purchase these two books.  In these books, Mr. Woods has given you a blueprint to start the Warrior journey.  Read, study and absorb each of these.  A big thanks to Brian Woods for the great knowledge received from his written word. Brian Woods

Hello Everyone!

It is May 12, 2017.  Today, I start writing again about Self Protection, Self Defense and Personal Safety.  It will be slow going, so please stay with me.  I have renamed the blog, the “Way of Combat Hard”.  This will be the new focus.  Chat soon and stand by for many great things.  Steven

Where have I been?

Life certainly has a way of putting all of us out of action for a period of time.  I am back and am ready to start writing and sharing again.  Get ready for some new and exciting stuff.  All the best and remember to Train Hard to be Combat Hard!no cry babies

Just a little preparedness goes a long way!

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Ok, the gunfight is over, the threat is incapacitated and the police are on their way to the scene.  You start your post engagement rituals which includes checking yourself for injuries and you realize you have been shot in the leg.  You are bleeding!   Couple questions, do you have any first aid or trauma medicine training?  Do you carry a small trauma medical kit?  Do you know how to use the kit?  How about a tourniquet?  These are all questions that should probably be answered prior to the deadly force engagement.

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The military teaches a program titled Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC).  The TCCC guidelines provide battlefield medics and corpsmen with trauma management strategies that combine good medicine with good small-unit tactics. The three goals are of TCCC are:

1.  Treat the Casualty – Which obviously in a non-battlefield setting, may be us treating ourselves because there is no EMTs immediately available.

2.  Prevent Additional Casualties – Deal with the threat and make sure they are incapacitated prior to attending any type of medical care.

3.  Complete the Mission – For us civilian folks, completing the mission, it winning the gunfight, legally, mentally and physically and enjoying our form of adult beverage with our family by our side.

In future blogs, I will discuss MARCH principles – Care Under Fire:

M – Massive Bleeding

A – Airway

R – Respirations

C – Circulation

H – Head

MARCH is part of one of the three phases of TCCC.  The three phases are Care Under Fire, Tactical Field Care and Tactical Field Evacuation. These three phases are not exactly applicable to civilian life, but many great trainers and instructors have made appropriate modifications.  I will address these in future blog post.

NOTE:  Although I am a ASHI Emergency First Responder/Level 7 Instructor, AHA BLS Instructor, TCCC Instructor and have received advanced trauma training, I am not a medical doctor, or consider myself an authority on Emergency Medicine.  I am a reporter and I will discuss my thoughts and ideas on what I consider appropriate emergency medical training.

As you know, you are responsible for yourself and your education, please do your homework and become informed about trauma medicine.  Just a little preparedness goes a long way!